Cannonball Adderley – Live At Cafe Bohemia – 1957 -Past Daily Downbeat

Cannonball Adderley - Cafe Bohemia - 1957
Cannonball Adderley – High priest of Hard Bop.

Cannonball Adderley Quintet – live at Cafe Bohemia – August 3 and 10, 1957 – Bandstand USA – Mutual – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

Cannonball Adderley Quintet this weekend. Recorded live for the Bandstand USA radio series at the Cafe Bohemia on August 3rd and 10, 1957. Featuring Cannonball on alto, Nat Adderley on cornet, Junior Mance on piano – Sam Jones on bass and Jimmy Cobb, drums.

Cannonball Adderley is perhaps best remembered for the 1966 soul jazz single “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”, which was written for him by his keyboardist Joe Zawinul and became a major crossover hit on the pop charts. A cover version by the Buckinghams also reached #5 on the charts. Adderley worked with Miles Davis, first as a member of the Davis sextet, appearing on the seminal records Milestones (1958) and Kind of Blue (1959), and then on his own 1958 album Somethin’ Else. He was the elder brother of jazz trumpeter Nat Adderley, who was a longtime member of his band.

Adderley formed his own group with his brother Nat after signing onto the Savoy jazz label in 1957. He was noticed by Miles Davis, and it was because of his blues-rooted alto saxophone that Davis asked him to play with his group. He joined the Davis band in October 1957, three months prior to the return of John Coltrane to the group. Some of Davis’s finest trumpet work can be found on Adderley’s solo album Somethin’ Else (also featuring Art Blakey and Hank Jones), which was recorded shortly after the two giants met. Adderley then played on the seminal Davis records Milestones and Kind of Blue. This period also overlapped with pianist Bill Evans’ time with the sextet, an association that led to Evans appearing on Portrait of Cannonball and Know What I Mean?.

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